Now that you know what web 2.0 is and have explored a huge list of websites, let’s take a more in depth look at web 2.0 in the classroom with several diverse choices, excellent for web-based projects.
Vuvox is an excellent choice for digital projects where students create a linear digital collage including text and multimedia. The final product can be viewed as a scrolling presentation or explored freely. The hotspot element is a great feature that allows for more content and interactivity.
The possibilities are endless including digital book reports, studies of historical figures and science presentations. If you’re looking to use web 2.0 in the classroom, put this site on your short list!
FlauntR website offers a full suite of tools to create digital image projects. Each tool has a separate name such as editR for making basic image edits and applying effects. With all of the tools on one site students can progress through the applications to develop creative projects.
For example, you want your students to create book covers for their creative writing project. After taking digital pictures, the images can be edited in editR. Then, more styling and frames can be added with stylR. Finally, text and other digital stickers can be added using textR. The final product can be shared, downloaded and printed.
Aviary and Aviary for Education are definitely amazing websites. They feature numerous tools including several image and graphic design apps as well as audio editing capabilities. Let’s focus on audio production. The audio tool is a Flash-based app called Myna. Students can drag music loops to the tracks and create their own masterpiece. The can also record their own voice, add effects and combine it in the mix. The final product can be mixed down to an mp3 file.
Audio projects can only be six minutes total and each individual recording must be less than a minute.
An example lesson would be recording a radio commercial that fits with your curriculum. Students can easily add music and their own voices to create an entertaining piece. Keep in mind the audio time limit restriction noted above which is, actually, a benefit for busy teachers.
Prezi is a great way to foster creative presentations. It provides a completely open-ended platform where students can include images, text and video on a huge blank canvas. A couple of features are key. First, you can zoom in to content that is incredibly small. This creates a hierarchy and a sense of depth. Next, you can orient content any way you want. During the presentation, the screen will flip to make the content right-side up. This generates a sense of motion. Finally, all content can be linked in the order you choose so the presentation moves in the correct order.
Prezi has a learning curve and works best with older students. The site has lots of great tutorial videos and your students will learn it quickly. The next time you assign a class presentation, have the students create a multimedia production with Prezi.
GoAnimate4Schools is a blast to use for digital storytelling projects and students love it. The basic idea is you create a series of cartoon scenes. Each scene contains background objects, props and characters. In each scene, a character can perform one action and speak once. Then you create a new scene (or duplicate the previous scene) to have another action and more speech. This process is repeated until you have an animated movie. Speech is handled through text to speech and a variety of voices are included. Recording voices is also possible.
Use GoAnimate4Schools for numerous projects including creative writing, how-to math videos and social studies lessons.
These websites are just a sample of the excellent creativity tools available with web 2.0. In the next post, we’ll focus on web 2.0 in the classroom with a focus on collaboration.
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